Let's face it – you are now in full cleaning mode New Year
, It is Wipe the house and clear space in your fridge to make room for healthier foods.
This means throwing away the rest of the cheesecake you've been holding on to since New Year's Eve, checking if the milk still smells of milk, and throwing away the suspicious container of whatever it was. Fortunately, we have tips on how to know that it's time to throw certain foods on the side of the road.
For example, you are likely to be careful about the eggs that were in your fridge with the expiration date of October. But did you know you can do an egg test to see if they're still okay to eat? Read on for more tips on how to tell if your food is edible or if it's time to say goodbye.
They are leftovers – and they survived their greeting
If you have leftovers in your refrigerator for more than four days, it is time to throw them out for safety reasons. The Mayo Clinic says that after four days, the risk of harmful bacteria increases. Nobody needs food poisoning if they reach New Year's goals.
However, if your leftovers haven't been in there long enough and they are tightly wrapped in a substantial amount, such as a liter of soup, you can safely freeze them for later – make sure it's not too late.
If it is moldy, it has to go
This is an obvious one. If anything in your fridge infects mold, you need to get rid of it – yes, this includes cheese and fruit. There are exceptions: for example, if you have raspberries, only a few of which are moldy, you can still eat those that are not as long as you rinse and examine them thoroughly.
You can also cut off the moldy parts of the hard cheese if there is enough to save them, but make sure you cut out a rim so deep that the molds are gone. Clean the knife between cuts to prevent spores from spreading.
It smells foul
If you've opened foods like sausage or sausage in your fridge, you should probably throw them away after four days. Cooking them in a new dish could extend their lives, but longer, and they tend to give off a foul smell, indicating that they have gone bad.
It has a slimy texture
Your food should never be slimy – this applies to meat, vegetables and salads, especially packaged vegetables. Delicatessen is a repeat offender here. The mucus is due to bacteria that take over the food. If you open the packaging and notice that the food has a slimy film, throw it immediately into the compost.
Do the egg test
If you have eggs with an expiration date that is well over a month ago, it's easy to tell if they're still good to eat without breaking them open.
You need to fill a deep bowl with water and put one egg in each bowl. If the egg falls directly on the floor, it is still very fresh. If it falls on the floor but is standing, it is still good to eat, but you should eat it sooner rather than later. If it swims, it's time to throw it away and buy new eggs.
If they stand, you will probably want to use them before they go bad. Check out these egg recipes for dishes you can prepare for dinner and brunch.
Pantry items you should throw away now
- Canned food with many or deep bumps: If you notice that your canned food has a deep bump, especially on the side, avoid it. Small dents on the metal band at the top or bottom of the can can be attributed to superficial transport or storage damage. With deep depression, however, there is concern that the food inside will be affected by botulism, which, according to the CDC, is a serious illness caused by a poison that attacks the nerves of the body.
- Potatoes that smell bad: If your potato sprouts, it's still good to eat. But if it smells anything other than earthy, it's probably gone bad. Also look for potatoes that are leaking – that means they rot.
- Moldy bread: If your bread is moldy, don't try to keep it. Just throw it out.
Now that you've cleaned your fridge, it's time to turn to the pantry and other areas of the house. Here isand ,
Originally published January 19, 2019.